Chelsea boss Antonio Conte 'eager' for Italy job

Antonio Conte 

Chelesa manager Antonio Conte is eager to return to Italy and could fill the vacant position as national coach, newly-appointed Italian FA commissioner Roberto Fabbricini yesterday.

Conte left the job for Chelsea after Euro 2016, but replacement Gian Piero Ventura was sacked after Italy lost to Sweden in the World Cup play-off last November.

And speculation over 48-year-old Conte's future has grown after Chelsea were beaten 3-0 by Bournemouth on Wednesday.

Fabbricini said former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, currently in charge of Zenit St Petersburg, Carlo Ancelotti, who is available after being sacked by Bayern Munich, and Nantes coach Claudio Ranieri, who led Leicester City to the Premier League title in 2016, were also candidates. "The names are the ones you know," the new FIGC commissioner confirmed after his appointment yesterday.

"Mancini was in Rome but we didn't contact him, Conte seems eager to wear Azzurro again, Ancelotti opens and closes the door and Ranieri isn't out either." Ventura was fired after Italy failed to reach the World Cup finals for the first time since 1958 and FIGC president Carlo Tavecchio resigned.

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